Illinois Lottery hopes to sell tickets online in '3 to 4 months'
Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones said Monday that he hopes the state will begin selling lottery tickets online in the next three to four months.
Officials have long wanted to take the lottery to the web, and the path was cleared Friday with the release of a U.S. Department of Justice legal opinion that supports state-regulated online gambling.
(See Ruling by Justice Dept. opens a door on online gambling, Lottery Post, Dec. 25, 2011.)
State lawmakers in 2009 approved a massi ...
Dec 26, 2011, 10:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Ruling by Justice Dept. opens a door on online gambling
2012 may the year of widespread Internet lottery ticket sales
The Justice Department has reversed its long-held opposition to many forms of Internet gambling, removing a big legal obstacle for states that want to sanction online gambling to help fix their budget deficits.
The legal opinion, issued by the department's office of legal counsel in September but made public on Friday, came in response to requests by New York and Illinois to clarify whether the Wire Act of 1961, which prohibits ...
Dec 25, 2011, 2:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Lottery tests Internet sales
A quiet revolution in gambling is under way in Minnesota.
Without a single press release or announcement, the Minnesota State Lottery is nearly a year into an experiment to get more Minnesotans to gamble online through a subscription lottery service.
Private online gambling is illegal in Minnesota, and the state's elected leaders have turned back various gambling expansion proposals and online gambling ventures.
But in the waning months of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration, the Minneso ...
Nov 28, 2011, 12:23 am - Lottery News forum
Starved state budgets prompt new interest in online gambling
The District of Columbia is not thrilled that its residents are traveling to Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to gamble in casinos. Starved for cash, like states across the country, the district wants some of the millions in revenue that gambling generates each year.
So district officials want residents to gamble closer to home inside their homes, actually. Or in cafes, restaurants and bars. By year's end the district hopes to introduce an Internet gambling hub that would allow Washin ...
Aug 14, 2011, 5:05 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. state senator wants online lottery ticket sales
A Beacon Hill push under way today to sell Massachusetts Lottery tickets online which backers say could boost cash-strapped state coffers by as much as $1 billion a year is getting strong support from an unlikely corner liberal icon U.S. Rep. Barney Frank.
I don't understand why liberals think they're supposed to tell people not to gamble, Frank told the Herald yesterday. They favor gay marriage, legalization of marijuana and sex-oriented literature, but not gambling. It's totally inconsiste ...
Jul 19, 2011, 11:25 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. looks to be first in nation with online lottery sales
Retailers worried about loss of revenue, store traffic
For Tushar Patel, every $1 lottery ticket he sells at his Pantry 1 Food Market in Hammonton yields more than the 5-cent commission he gets from New Jersey.
Patel said he makes more from the other purchases of customers who visit the store for lottery tickets.
Eighty (percent) to 90 percent of the people who play the lottery here buy coffee and other things, Patel said.
The state lottery posted record sales exceeding $2.6 billion ...
Jan 28, 2011, 8:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Atlantic Lottery Web site suffers three-day outage
The Atlantic Lottery Corp. website was down for a third day as technicians worked behind the scenes to do an upgrade on the site, widely used by lottery players to check winning ticket numbers or play games.
The Atlantic Lottery includes the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
The site was to have been functional by Tuesday night but was still down early Thursday morning.
Spokeswoman Sarah McBeath said the upgrades were taki ...
Jan 20, 2011, 12:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Electronic NJ lottery ticket plan advances
Legislation that would allow people to buy New Jersey lottery tickets on the Internet and by other electronic means continues to advance in the state Assembly.
The Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee approved the measure this month and referred it to the chamber's Appropriations Committee, which hasn't yet scheduled a hearing on it. The legislation would require state lottery officials to implement a system that would allow people to buy tickets via the Internet, e-mail, text messaging ...
Dec 20, 2010, 7:29 am - Lottery News forum
Mobile gambling to surpass $48 billion by 2015, report says
A new report published today by Juniper Research has found that a combination of mobile casino, lottery and betting service launches in major emerging markets led by China allied to liberalization of remote gambling legislation across the US and Europe will see the scale of annual wagers on mobile gambling exceed $48 billion by 2015.
The report studies gambling services on a country-by-country basis. It finds that, in recent years, the Japan Racing Association's iPAT service had been responsi ...
Sep 3, 2010, 9:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery to look at online options
The 25-year-old Iowa Lottery is an offline business in an online world, but Director Terry Rich is out to change that.
Later this month, the Lottery will take bids on a new computer system that will allow players to check their tickets at automated kiosks in retail stores as July 1, 2011, Rich said Tuesday (Aug. 3).
He also expects the Lottery to attract younger, tech-savvy players by delivering games electronically, including games played on smart phones.
There are security issues prev ...
Aug 4, 2010, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum